Telephone number of Consulates in Dubai!!
When travelling to another country its much better to have the contact detail of the embassy/consulate of your native country with you, even have it handy in case. Hopefully you wouldn't need it and will leave U.A.E with good memories :-)
Embassies & Consulates in Dubai
All numbers in this list are Dubai area code prefix (04).
If dialling from abroad prefix the number with country code +971-4-consulate number
Qatar, Consulate General of
P.O.Box : 1877
Telephone : 3982888
Fax : 3983555
Email : email@example.com
Romania, Consulate General of
P.O.Box : 73765
Telephone : 3940580
Fax : 3940992
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Royal Danish Consulate
P.O.Box : 2988
Telephone : 3480877
Fax : 3480899
Email : email@example.com www.dkdubai.dk
Royal Netherlands Consulate
P.O.Box : 7726
Telephone : 3528700
Fax : 3510502
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org www.netherlands.ae
Royal Norwegian Consulate
P.O.Box : 8612
Telephone : 3533833
Fax : 3533915
Email : -
Royal Thai Consulate General
P.O.Box : 51844
Telephone : 3492863
Fax : 3490932
Email : email@example.com www.mfa.go.th
P.O.Box : 39229
Telephone : 2231272
Fax : 2231585
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Saudi Arabia, Royal Consulate General of
P.O.Box : 1876
Telephone : 3979188
Fax : 3979614
Email : -
Singapore, Consulate General of the Republic of
P.O.Box : 15144
Telephone : 3353770
Fax : 3353771
Email : email@example.com
Somalia, Consulate General of
P.O.Box : 63993
Telephone : 2958282
Fax : 2957570
Email : -
South Africa, Consulate of
P.O.Box : 34800
Telephone : 3975222
Fax : 3979602
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org www.southafrica.ae
Sri Lanka, Consulate General of
P.O.Box : 51528
Telephone : 3986279
Fax : 3984687
Email : email@example.com www.srilankaconsul.org.ae Dubai is a small friendly city in the middle of Arabia :-)
Yeah! Who would've ever thought?! I mean swimming -- definitely, fishing -- sure, diving -- okay..but SKIING?? and in DUBAI?? wooow! But, yes, you will find it..Of course, its an indoors 'fake' slope, with man-made snow...but it IS there. When I visited Dubai back in 2003, the Mall of the Emirates wasn't there, and so, when one of my friends told me about it..and comparing it to the snow-covered mountains of Lebanon, I thought to myself 'NO WAY would I try something like that' lol BUT, 4 weeks into my stay in Dubai, and after passing my the indoors ski slope over and over again, I decided to go there with some friends for a few hours of skiing!!
I have to say it was quite a interesting experience! For one, you can be walking around the mall, in your tank top and sneakers, or be fully dressed for a lunch at one of the fancy restaurants at the Kempinski Hotel (also at the Mall of the Emirates) and decide to go skiing right there and then! You walk in, pay a fee of around 38 USD (2 hrs for adults) and you get everything from skiis/snowboard and the outfit (trousers,jacket, helmets for kids, disposable socks, everything basically except for the gloves ) and a locker to put your stuff into..and you're set for the slopes!
The slope is bigger than it seems, but its not really the Alps..but you're up on the top of the slope in 2 minutes..and for the amateur you know that you won't end up hitting a tree, or flying off a cliff since you'll only hit a wall or the wooden lodge right in the middle of the slope :o)
Its an interesting experience (I think should be tried at least once)..and if you're missing the slopes its a nice alternative while you're in Dubai. But I'd go for the 2 hour option rather than a full day, cause it can get boring after a while..and perhaps at the end you can stop by the wooden lodge and have a hot cocoa or a bite to eat :) If not..there are nice places at the mall that you can finish up your ski experience at (check my Restaurant tip on 'Apres').
Check out website for further details. You don't really need anything...you get the outfit, the skis/snowboards as part of the whole deal. But if you've managed to remember getting your gloves/hats then bring them along..otherwise you can buy some at the store next to the indoor ski place, and they only cost 10 dirhams = about 3 USD.
The only problem with the gloves is that they are a bit small...or at least the time i went they were out of the bigger sizes ==> quite annoying for a man.
A giant "Shopping City" within the city...
Once again, true to the concept of "a city, within a city, within a city..."
So, if you *still* haven't had enough of shopping malls & stores, another one of Dubai retail giants has opened on March 1st 2007: Dubai Festival City.
Located right on the creek close to Dubai Airport & the Garhoud Bridge, this is one massive "eyesore with a purpose".
Festival City is also the venue for various concerts & shows, and the following hotels have a presence here: Four Seasons, Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza and W Boutique Hotel.
> largest Marks n Spencer Store outside the UK.
> Residential waterfront living.
> Shops, shops... and more shops.
> A Golf course.
> "HyperPanda" Supermarket (I like this one... large variety & low prices)
> Marsa Auto Gallery & Car Showroom.
> ACE Hardware.
> Restaurants & Cafes. (90 restaurants including 40 al fresco venues along the water... there will even be 8 licensed (serving alcohol) restaurants :-)
> Gold Market Place.
> did I mention shops? (550 to be precise!) Once complete, this monster will have 2.1 million square foot of "urban retail resort". Dubai Festival City has over 3 kilometres of Creekside Corniche... something most of us Dubai residents will truly cherish because a nice venue so close to the water truly is rare!
Saturday - Friday: 10:00am - 12midnight.
IKEA: Saturday - Friday: 10:00am - 10:00pm.
Saturday - Wednesday: 09:00am - 12midnight.
Thursdays: 09:00am - 01:00am & Fridays: 09:00am - 12midnight.
...we prefer to visit Dubai Festival City for their ever-expanding selection of great cafes and restaurants, especially the ones with outside seating along the "Canal Walk"... We have dinner here quite often, sitting outside, listening to the live musicians, enjoying the cool breeze... this place tries hard to mimic a European street-scene, and *fails gracefully* in doing so ;-) In case you haven't yet noticed: Dubai has an obsession with YOUR credit card... so pay as much as you can afford.
UPDATE: Since January 2008 a smoking ban has come into effect in Dubai's shopping malls.
Legendary & Revived "the Lodge": 4 clubs in 1 !
The original "Lodge" (so I'm told) was always a real Dubai institution amongst the Western expatriate crowd: large, unspectacular, slightly grubby with dark wood and sticky carpet, but a relaxed & fun atmosphere that was a regular haunt on many weekends. Unfortunately it closed just a few months before I moved to Dubai (rumour has it that they tried to organise an "unofficial" gay-night... which of course is illegal in the UAE.)
In 2006 "the Lodge" made its comeback, and my friends that still remember the "old glory days" dragged me along into their revived memories of fake IDs, teenage romance & curfews. But it seemed that the venue's old flair was no longer attracting as many patrons as it used to: the city had moved on. Everything is fancy and modern. And our expectations have risen.
So once again it closed for a few months for renovations and with much hype and anticipation re-opened as CHI @ the Lodge in 2007. This large venue consists of 4 separate clubs/bars/lounges and a fantastic outdoor dance floor and seating area. The interior design is modern & funky, the DJs are younger, and the weekly events are more prestigious than ever.
This, of course, has driven prices up: a simply Vodka mixer will cost you a hefty 45 Dirhams! That's steep even by Dubai standards. But beer remains affordable at 24 Dirhams a bottle. If you are planning a special evening with a group of friends, consider booking a table including a few bottles from the bar... price is approx. 3,000 Dirhams! ( 1 US$ = 3.67 Dhs) Luckily the club also stages some special offers on certain nights, including the fact that ladies do NOT have to pay an entrance fee as long as we arrive before midnight. And on various other evenings ladies also receive some free drinks. There is also a Happy Hour (waiting for updates on their website).
We recently went to CHI for their birthday celebrations: "Cheese" with Dubai's very own 70s & 80s-addict DJ Timmy Cheddar. The club was packed, everyone was having a whale of a time, and we were drenched in sweat by the time we went home. But don't be mistaken: this isn't purely an 80s club - every night sees different DJs with different music styles (Persian Night, RnB Night, etc.)
UPDATE October 2007: CHI Gardens are now open.... so now that the weather is all cool & gorgeous, that's where you'll find me... See you there! :-)
Opening Hours: Daily from 08:00pm - 03:00am.
Dress Code: Smart-Casual (no sandals, no shorts)
TIP: Make sure you get down early as the queues can be horrendous.
The main mean of transport in the city center in the Abra. Dubai’s old town is divided by the Dubai creek, which is also the harbour of old Dubai. There are no bridges in the northwestern part of the city center, just two tunnels close to the coast. This makes the Abra the ferry of the old town. For just a Dirham perperson, you’ll can get on board of this archaic wooden boats which bring you to the other side of the creek. The Abras have lost a little of their old tradition after becoming motorized. But at least, the Abras are still there and part of everyday life. There are two stations of them on every side of the creekwhere you will find somebody pointing out which one is the next Abra to leave. Although some of the people look as shady as the ones wanting to sell you a Dubai Creek tour, you can trust them as long as they show you one of the small wooden Abras. Just get on board, pay when money is collected (preferable by coins, but smaller bills are also changed) and enjoy the view while you’re being transported to the other side.